The Aston Martin Valkyrie and Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 attack the thorny problem of ‘building the ultimate supercar’ from completely opposite poles.
Aston’s Red Bull-soaked contender is as close to a road-going Formula One racing car as you’re ever likely to see. It’s fluent in high tech, massive downforce, and huge power. It’s largely the brainchild of ex-McLaren and current Red Bull Racing F1 tech boss and aerodynamicist, Adrian Newey.
The Murray T.50 meanwhile, is adamantly not a racing car with numberplates. Like its spiritual father the McLaren F1, it deploys F1-blooded tech: ground-effect aero, carbon construction, and that central driving position, but it’s an old-school driver’s car in set-up. Low mass, no big wings, and a manual gearbox, because that’s ex-Brabham and McLaren designer Gordon Murray’s cup of tea.
Where their Venn diagrams overlap is in the engine department. Both companies knocked on the door of British auto engineering firm Cosworth seeking a naturally aspirated, lightweight and power-dense V12. Two spectacular-sounding powerplants have resulted. Neither the Valkyrie or T.50 is finished yet, so while we wait, join us for a spot of number-crunching.
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